God wills it! The year is 1095. Thousands of men, including
many of the leaders of the Christian world, have assembled in a meadow in
France near Clermont. Pope Urban appeals for the liberation of Jerusalem and
the people shout, “Deus lo volt!” The cry is taken up, echoes forth, is carried
on. The crusades have begun. Wave upon wave of Christian pilgrims assault the
growing power of the Muslims in the Holy Land—and will do so for the next two
hundred years. Most able men become soldiers of the Cross, and many of their
women fight alongside them. It is a time of great adventure—of great
exploration and cultural change. Uniting Christian Europe in a common cause,
the crusades defined forever the spirit of the West.
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